New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung a Sunday, April 7,1996 O 5 A
Note goes up in smoke !
The name “Easter” drives from “Eostre,” the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and refers to the rising sun or the dawn. This meaning for Easter long antedates the Christian era but was adopted as appropriate to designate Ae Resurrection and the “Feast of the New Life.”
The variable dates of Easter are sometimes confusing. The early Christians, following ancient practice, declared that Easter should be observed on the first Sunday following the full moon that
occurs on or fol-lowing the
spring equinox, near or on March 21. The meeting of the astronomers of Alexandria under Ae direction of Ae archbishop resulted in the Council of Nicaea, which set the method of calculating the date of Easter in A.D. 325.
Thus, Easter is spoken of as a moveable feast which may occur as early as March 22 or as late as April 25.
It is interesting to note some of the rituals and symbols of Easter around the world. For example, the Easter egg is the universal emblem of renewed life after death and of resurrection. It is a symbol of fertility and immortality. Christianity adopted the ancient symbolism of the egg and applied it to Christ’s resurrection. The decorated and painted egg displays and dramatizes Ae joyousness of the Easter feast. The Easter Egg tree is very popular in many countries.
Wearing new clothes for Easter is an old-established tradition. It dates back to the time when Ae year started in March and was celebrated by the wearing of a new garment and carried Ae message of rebirth. In more modem times, Ae practice of baptizing new adherents to Christianity and providing them wiA white robes probably brought about the custom of new clothes at Easter. All the faithful would don new garments. They were eager to show off Aeir faiA through their new cloAes, Aus Ae Easter bonnet and the Easter parade were originated.
As both rabbits and hares are prolific breeders, they symbolized fertility and abundance of life. Both became associated with the festival that celebrated spring and resurrection of Christ. The popularity of rabbits with children also helped to spread the tradition of the lucky Easter bunny. How the “bunny” got its name has to do with its small tail. “Bun” originally was another word for a tail, and “bunny” is its diminutive, so the
our first pancake breakfast was held and a “bonfire” built for Ae burning of Ae mortgage note. We put that note to rest, and now plan a rebirth and renovation phase of development at the Senior Center. New life is breathed into the activities at Ais time of year — especially with the acquisition of the new van.
The pancake breakfast was a great success with Al Bickham at the helm doing a super job. His loyal helpers
Photo by E.C. KETLEF
(L-r) Al Bickham, Bob Dingaldain and Las Thom wars all smiles during the note burning at the Senior Cantar.
; Bunny was not a bunny at all, bura hare. It was Ae animal sacred to the goddess Eostre. Bom with its round eyes open, Ae animal was chosen as representing the hill moon, which was closely linked wiA the goddess’ feast.
In America, the traditions of the Easter bunny and decorated eggs were introduced by the early German settlers in Ae 1700s, particularly Ae Pennsylvania Dutch. It was more than a century before some other religious sects adopted these customs. In fact, it is interesting how many of the Easter customs are from German origin.
I learned that many countries celebrate with bonfires, and some with pancake suppers. Bonfires on Easter Eve are particularly common in Germany. As for pancakes, Shrove Tuesday, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, is known as Pancake Day. The bell that once called churchgoers to confession — that is, to be shriven, or to have one’s sins forgiven, became known as the Pancake Bell, and Shrove Tuesday became Pancake Day. In Liberal, Kansas, Pancake Day is a really big event with parades and races and festivities in which the whole community participates.
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Senior Citizens Center has been ceja- -Mating in all these wff^k since March 21, Without even knowing it. On March 21, the Spring Style Show luncheon was held at the Center. New clothes for spring and a fabulous feast were presented. Then, on March 30,
were Minnie Bickham, Jim Cooney, Frank Fleischmann, Clifford Wilson, Buzz Mann, Peggy Mann, Marie Dawson, Joe Guzman, Joe Barbour, Paul Hammaker, Larry Kellerman, Arthur Wages, Michelina Wages, and Miriam Weiss.
Les Thom and Bob Dingeldein shuck the matches to the “bonfire,” and all those attending applauded Ae burning of the note. All in all, it was a good day, and we give many thanks to all those people who volunteered their help.
Also, we owe tremendous thanks to the various businesses who donated supplies for this happy occasion: Wuest's Super Market, Granzin’s Meat Market, New Braunfels Smokehouse, Schwab’s Sausage, Kettle Restaurant, Hill Country Inn, Krause’s Cafe, Molly Joe’s, Ryan’s Steakhouse, International House of Pancakes, H.E.B. Supermarket, and Sysco Distribution. Thanks, also, to the Herald-Zeitung and KGNB 1420 for their fine advertisement of the breakfast. —A*T have said numerous times, “We couldn’t do anything without the community; it’s Ae best little town in Texas."
("Marie Dawson is a New Braunfels resident who writes on senior citizen issues.)
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Toxic Homo collodion
On Ae Saturday mornings of April 13 and 20, we will have a closed trailer in the back parking lot of New Braunfels High School from 9 a. rn. till noon. Each Saturday, the trailer will be brought from a designated location to the back parking lot, and at noon would be returned to this location, off school grounds. From 9 a.m. until noon we will take “toxic” items, and separate them safely into storage bins. We require that the items be in their original containers to ensure safety. Items that we will take: used motor oil, used oil filters, auto batteries, tires, paint, antifreeze, brake fluid, herbicides, pesticides, rat poison, solvents, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, spot removers, tile cleaners, furniture polish, kitchen cleaners, bathroom cleaners, paint thinners, paint strippers, spray cans, lacquer and wood preservatives. Then on April 27 we will join the Fire Station #2 to dispose or recycle the items property. We hope wiA your help to make this project a big success. One last note — all items will be no charge.
Leslie Scott Eco-Energy Chairman, NS HS
Natural bait Bahamian lait
The following was sent to Andy Sansom, executive director of Texas Parks and Wildlife.
I wish to express my feelings to you and others relative to the proposed fishing restrictions on the Guadalupe River, as depicted on the enclosed public hearing notice.
I will preface by stating that I am a landowner who will be impacted by this proposed change in fishing regulations, having personally enjoyed fishing on this particular stretch of river since the early 1950s and have family ties Aero back to Ae mid-1840s.
I cannot comprehend how an adult fisherman could support a regulation that would exclude a young child from sitting on the river bank with a cane pole, hauling in his first perch. So, how Ad something like this ever get to Ae proposal stage?
I believe that answer is simple. All things like this are created twice, wiA the first creation being a mental vision that establishes the path and means for the actual action, and the second creation being the action.
I, like members of Trout Unlimited, have a vision of fishing on the river, but unfortunately, my group of natural bait fisherjnen have been exctUdSEBbm their vision, and in Aeir minds, removed from the river. I ask why?
I am told that we are a threat to the trout because my fishing methods are more damaging to a trout which is designated for release. My response is that I first have to catch a trout before I harm
it. In all my years of fishing, I have caught very few trout on my natural bait; probably as much luck as the fly fishemian has catching a native yellow cat on his hand-tied fly.
All I ask is for you and others involved in this process to be prepared to face the hundreds of small children who are learning to fish, and tell them that it is in Aeir best interest that we discontinue our lineage of fishing the natural way, for the native fish which still abound in many areas along Ais stretch of river, for Ae sake of a special interest group Aat shares a love of fishing.
I suggest Aat this is a large river and that neiAer party needs to be excluded.
I see this as a win-win opportunity toward which I would work hard at developing details — if all parties realized that win-win is tough because you have to be nice, courageous, sensitive and empaAetic. You have to be willing to place yourself in your foes’ position and understand their logic. It is the essence of mature rational thinking which often leads to long-lasting agreements. I would do Ais for Ae young fishermen I know.
I believe in due process, and despite Ae fact Aat your stjjrfThas the arrogance to tell me their decision is already made, I will attend Ae public hearing in New Braunfels and let them transform it into a public notice meeting. If I worked for you, I certainly would not ask you for your input, but preface the meeting by saying I would not consider your opinion.
Lastly, I would say that the key to resolution is a two-way communication and compromise.
John D. Weber
Covaraga of arts lacking
Last Sunday afternoon in Seguin Ae Mid-Texas Symphony orchestra presented an outstanding program with two young artists who had won honors in competitions. While these were New Braunfels supporters, it seems to me that local newspaper coverage has been lacking in recognition of the praiseworthy arts, giving expansive coverage of the athletic and water sports. Can’t we be a more cultural? We believe New Braunfels deserves it.
“Citiscn of the Year”
I would like to take Ais opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the cit-t izens of Comal-County for all their sup-! port related to the “Citizen of the Y caf' award that I have just received. The response has been overwhelming. I especially thank those who have personally called, or sent gifts, or wrote letters. The program has been a great success and I would be extremely remiss if I did not take the time to acknowledge some key people. First of all, the (rural
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recycling) program is successful because of Ae many volunteers who participate each week at each drop-off location. Their enAusiasm and commitment are to be highly commended. Secondly, Ae program is successful, due to a committed staff. Bob Weatherly and Keith Milliard operate the program and drive the trailer as well as prepare materials for transport to market. Sherry Clarkson, the Commissioners Court administrative assistant, has been very instrumental in obtaining necessary funding of Ae program tfirougb gnats and for providing support for the volunteers as well as Bob and Keith.
It has also received a great deal of support from Ae Commissioners Court and local businesses such as First Commercial Bank, Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop., and the Lower Colorado River Authority. All the local community newspaper organizations have also provided many news releases which have helped to make the public aware. The program is a success due to all these efforts combined, and I sincerely thank all Aose involved who have given a lot of team work.
Thank you again for the “Citizen of Ae Year*’ award. I look forward to continued service as your public official. And remember “RECYCLE COMAL COUNTY!”
Moe Schwab County Commissioner
wasted on many
Your eAtorial concerning Ae danger of drinking on the rivers was thoughtful, timely and needed to be said. However, I’m afraid your message was wasted. The people who would most benefit will ignore it as the carping of a sourpuss who wants to interfere with their having a “good time.” >
Many of the people who anne to the county’s rivers are here to get drunk and have a “good time.” They are not interested in whether their “good time” could cost them their lives or Aat their misbehavior drives desirable tourists away. They certainly are not concerned that their drunkenness and misbehavior are costing Comal County citizens thousands of additional tax dollars for police and cleanup. No less an authority than Sheriff Bremer has said Aat 90 percent of the problems on the rivers are akohol related.
New Braunfels and Comal County need to consult wiA Galveston authorities and look closely at the good exanl pie that they have set. They’ve banned alcohol consumption on‘theft batches. By banning alcohol from Aeir beaches, the desirable filmily tourists are back at Galveston, and those who drink are having a “good time” sa someone else’s expense.
John EL Landry D.DS.
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Fellow Citizens of Comal County:
I had originally intended to use this last open letter, to you the voters of Comal County, to compare my position on the issues with that of my opponent. I have chosen instead to write about something I believe in very strongly, personal responsibility. I have, despite what you may have heard, dealt only with the facts and the issues that relate to them. We do have a serious crime problem in our county.
If identifying and documenting this problem is negative, I am sorry, but that will not make it go away. The character of a person or a community is defined by how it handles its problems. It is essential that we, together, accept responsibility and work to solve these problems, and to make where we live and our individual lives better. We are the only ones that can accomplish this task.
I have worked hard, professionally, with the Texas Department of Public Safety and quietly with my various civic organizations to make this a better place to live. I elected to run for the office of Sheriff of Comal County because I honestly and sincerely believed it was time for a change. I want, with your support and vote on April 9th, this Tuesday, to begin the change. We can make our county a safe place we can be proud to call home. I am willing, with your help, to accept that responsibility.
BOB HOLDER REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR SHERIFF
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